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Architecture and independent work

A central feature of Princeton University's undergraduate education is the independent research requirement for juniors and seniors. In the School of Architecture, juniors take a design studio course each semester to meet the requirement. Read more.

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HAYLEY EBER: Our overall project
for the semester is

we're looking at pavilions in
the history of architecture as

canonical archetypes.

This particular project that
we just reviewed was an

analysis of the Serpentine
Pavilions in London, which is

an annual project that the
Serpentine Gallery puts on,

which is every summer, inviting
one world-renowned

architect who's never built in
London or in England to design

a pavilion for the summer.

So what the students have looked
at each in pairs are

looking at one particular
pavilion of their choice.

And they are analyzing it in
terms of structure, material,

tectonics, relationship to the
environment and the ground.

ALISON MILLS: We started
exploring what landscape meant

in terms of architecture and
trying to figure out how we

could interact with
the ground.

And then from here, we picked an
existing pavilion to figure

out how these pavilions interact
with their site.

For the next six weeks, after
this project is finished,

we're going to be designing
our own pavilion.

itself was very simple in

terms of the plan and in
terms of the structure.

But we wanted to focus more on
the experience through the

pavilion and what the pavilion
means for the architect and

how it relates to the site.

OLIVIA HUANG: The concept of the
pavilion was that it was

excavating the past pavilions,
the foundations.

So we wanted to explore that
digging into the earth aspect

and the level of changes that
happen and how or why they

chose the logic they did, and
maybe if we could find our own

logic from that.

GRETA HAYES: We are trying to
extract and analyze important

details and information from
these pavilions to see what

the structural meaning and the
effects of these temporary

buildings are.

architecture program at

Princeton because it allowed
me to do more things.

There are a lot of other
things that I can do.

I can practice my sport.

I'm a member of the track
and field team.

That's the beauty about the
Princeton program, because

you're still getting an amazing
architecture education

and formation.

But it allows you to do and
practice something else. and

not only my sport, but if
I'm interested in other

disciplines, I still have that
freedom to go there and

explore it.

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